Transition Cambridge Hi everyone,

With more than 15 great Transition events and meetings coming up between now and the end of January, we can't list them all here, so take a look at our web-site to find out more. Feel free to invite your friends to our events, as they're all open to everyone, and most are either free or by donation.

By the way, apologies for a couple of wrong dates in last week's bulletin - please check below for Tunes for Trees and The Wave.

Do come to Cambridge Carbon Footprint's Question Time about Copenhagen on Friday - a chance to hear local parliamentary candidates' views on climate change before the election! I'm certainly intending to go!


CONTENTS Transition News and Events

  • Tues 24th Nov: Shared meal and The Power of Community film showing
  • Wed 25th Nov: Knitting Circle
  • Thurs 26th Nov: Transition Cafe
  • Tues 1st Dec: Energy Group meeting
  • Friday 4th December: Well-being group - social meal followed by Biodanza
  • Sat 5th Dec: Can you help at Mill Road Winter Fair?
  • Sunday 6th December: Copenhagen Climate Vigil
  • Tues 8th Dec: Film: No Impact Man
  • Thurs 21st Jan A local currency for Cambridge? (talk and discussion)
  • 'Transition-Friendly Recommendations': Deborah Murphy for clothing alterations

Related News and Events

  • Wed 25th Nov: Cambridge University Eco-Racing: Solar Cars
  • Fri 27th Nov: Question Time with MPs - Copenhagen Panel Discussion
  • Sat 28th Nov: Global Video-Conference on Copenhagen Treaty
  • Sat 28th Nov: Tree and Hedge Planting Day
  • Mon 30th Nov: Tunes for Trees
  • Thurs 3rd Dec: SHIFT 09 Cambridge Conference EXPO
  • Fri 4th Dec: HEAT 09 Cambridge Conference EXPO
  • Sat 5th Dec: Join The Wave!
  • Mon 7th Dec: Talk on Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV) for Europe
  • Sun 17th Jan: Trumpington Allotment Society Seedy Sunday event
  • Community Recycling Champions
  • Gardening volunteering opportunity

Transition News and Events

  • Tues 24th November: Shared meal and The Power of Community film showing

If you haven't seen this inspiring film yet, this is your chance! Join us for a simple meal with a Cuban flavour served from 6.00pm (free - donations welcome), followed by the film at 7.15pm (lasts about an hour). Afterwards for those who want to stay on, there'll be a discussion about Transition in Cambridge. Everyone is welcome! Venue: the United Reformed Church on Cherry Hinton Road (on the corner with Hartington Grove - This event is being run in association with Emmanuel United Reformed Church, who are planning a series of evenings on themes related to sustainability and eco issues.

  • Wed 25th November: Knitting Circle

The Knitting Circle is meeting fortnightly throughout November and December, and everyone is welcome: knitters, crocheters, beginner/re-beginners/intermediates/advanced. From 7-30pm - 9-30pm, at Lulu's house, near the station, in Brackyn Road. Contact Lulu for more information. 50p contribution for refreshments.

  • Thurs 26th November: Transition Café

Come and chat with others interested in the great transition to a low carbon world! From 7:45 until 10:30ish, in the Cafe Project, 22 Jesus Lane. All welcome!

  • Tues 1st Dec: Energy Group meeting 8pm

This time we will be at the Café Project at 22a Jesus Lane i.e. where the Transition Cafe happens. All welcome.

  • Fri 4th December: Wellbeing group: Social Meal followed by Biodanza

Local Biodanza teacher, Gwen Marie Martin, is leading a session of Biodanza, a simple form of guided self-expressive dancing from South America. 6:30pm Social meal: please bring something vegetarian/vegan to share, followed by Biodanza from 8-9:30pm. Open to everyone! Come to either or both parts of the evening. Suggested contribution for Biodanza £10 (some will go to Children in Need). Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane.

  • Sat 5th December: Help us to run our Transition stall at Mill Road Winter Fair! Please email us if you can help, even for part of the day.
  • Sun 6th December: Copenhagen Climate Vigil

7pm, the hall in Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street On the eve of the Copenhagen Climate Summit, when the world's leaders will decide new targets for reducing carbon emissions, we will hold in our thoughts all those involved in the Copenhagen meeting, wishing them courage, wisdom, good communication, and the strength of will to create a fair and binding climate treaty for the sake of current and future inhabitants of our beautiful planet Earth. For some people this might be through prayer, meditation, a blessing or just a wish or intention that all may go well and a way forward may become clear and be put into action. Everyone will be very welcome! (Alternatively you could organise your own version of this in your neighbourhood, with friends or in your faith group.)

  • Tuesday 8th December: Film: No Impact Man

8pm, Romsey Mill (Hemingford Road/Mill Road). Cost £5. Come and see this incredible documentary about one man and his family trying to live without making any environmental impact right bang in the centre of New York City. Colin Beaven is the No Impact Man and this documentary tells the story of Colin's experiment with researching, developing and adopting a way of life for himself and his family. Please come and join us for a community evening to watch the film and discuss how we can all do our little bit in reducing our impact on the environment. For more info, see our web-page, Colin's blog or the film web-site. Thanks to Nigel Dent for organising this film showing!


From 8pm till late in CB2 Cafe on Norfolk Street. More details to follow. We hope you can come!

  • Thurs 21st January: A local currency for Cambridge? (talk and discussion)

8pm, the Café Project, 22a Jesus Lane (details to be confirmed) Recently there's been some talk about setting up a local currency for Cambridge, to support local businesses, encourage relocalisation and strengthen our local economy. Several other transition towns have done this, including Totnes and Lewes. To get us started, Justin Morgan has offered to give a brief introduction to how local currencies work and what they offer to local communities, followed by a general discussion that we hope will be the start of a local currency project group.

  • 'Transition-Friendly Recommendations': Deborah Murphy for clothing alterations recommended by Corinna Gordon-Barnes

Corinna has suggested we support local businesses and ventures that are possibly struggling with the economy right now and offer really important, valuable services which are supportive of Transition. Her first recommendation is Deborah Murphy, who made all the necessary adjustments to Corinna's Oxfam wedding dress! Contact email

Related News and Events offered by other local groups

  • Wed 25th Nov: Cambridge University Eco-Racing (CUER): Solar Cars

17:00-18:00, LR4, Engineering Department, Baker Building. Martin, founder of CUER, discusses the progress CUER has made from the team's formation in 2007 through to its first major competition, the World Solar Challenge in Australia. He will also discuss the applications of solar car technology and whether we will all be driving around using the power of the sun in the future. This talk is part of the ELCF - Engineering for a Low Carbon Future series.

  • Friday 27th November: Question Time - panel discussion on Copenhagen

7.30-9pm; Emmanuel United Reformed Church, 3 Trumpington Street, Cambridge. Question Time about climate change and the Copenhagen summit. The panel members will be the politicians competing for Cambridge votes next year:

David Howarth, Lib-Dem Cambridge MP
Richard Normington, Conservative Prospective Cambridge MP
Daniel Zeichner, Labour Prospective Cambridge MP
Tony Juniper, Green Prospective Cambridge MP

Chaired by Sir David King, former Govt. Chief Scientific Advisor. Please think up good Copenhagen or Climate Change questions for the panel, particularly those that highlight the differences between the panel members. We will collect questions in advance, but also encourage some spontaneous ones! A radio-mic will help questioners be heard. Drinks & discussion afterwards. Organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint, as part of the Stop Climate Chaos (SCC) coalition

  • Sat 28th Nov: Global Video-Conference on Copenhagen Treaty

The Cambridge Zero Carbon Society in collaboration with Common Future invites you to a free Global Video-Conference on the Copenhagen Treaty with Berlin, Beijing, München, Göttingen, Manila, Nairobi and Maastricht. 11:30am- 16:00 Queens' College, Cambridge. More info here

  • Sat 28th Nov: Tree and Hedge Planting Day

11am - 2.30 pm - drop in any time Coton Countryside Reserve - Meet at the young woodland off 9 Brook Lane, Coton. For directions and more information please see Join the Rangers to help plant trees and hedges using native plant species - short guided tour on woodland and management at 12.00 and 2.30pm. Dress according to the weather and wear sturdy footwear. Tools and gloves provided. Free - donation appreciated to support the Reserve.

  • Monday 30th November: Tunes for Trees

Come along to CB1 cafe on Mill Road on 30 November (8-11pm) to a fundraising event to buy fruit trees to create a community orchard. There'll be music, poetry, seasonal food treats and mulled cider. If music be the food of love... Play on!

  • Thurs 3rd Dec: SHIFT 09 Cambridge Conference EXPO, Murray Edwards College

This is too expensive for me, but sounds very interesting for those wanting to know more about low-carbon transport! (£199 plus VAT at 15%). "Goals and attendees The SHIFT Conference is the most important Cambridge business gathering on electric mobility and its infrastructure and opportunities in 2009. It is the best opportunity for global business leaders to meet with politicians, distinguished scientists, economists, and other thought leaders to address the most significant challenge of our time: how to stimulate a green recovery and put the global community on a path to a prosperous and sustainable low-carbon automotive future, based on a future clean smart grid, existing and new technologies, behavioural shifts, old and new business models along with adequate swapping or charging point infrastructure. The conference will bring together participants seeking to benefit from tens of billions of pounds worth of policy stimuli and business opportunities globally." To register for the SHIFT Conference EXPO, please go to or contact Project Director Justin Hayward for more information.

  • Fri 4th Dec: HEAT 09 Cambridge Conference EXPO

This is another conference at Murray Edwards college - same price, venue and contact details as above - but this time about low-carbon housing.

  • Saturday 5th December: Join The Wave!

On Saturday 5 December 2009, ahead of the crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen, tens of thousands of people from all walks of life will flow in a blue wave through the streets of London to demonstrate their support for a safe climate future for all. The Wave will start at 12pm in Grosvenor Square and move towards Westminster until 3pm, when the marchers will encircle Parliament. We are calling on world leaders to take urgent action to secure a fair international deal to stop global warming exceeding the danger threshold of 2 degrees C. Join us and help make this the UK's biggest climate change march ever. Please wear blue! Get creative: look out for the giant wave, a blue welsh dragon, surfers, Tibetan smurfs, mermaids and a group of doctors in scrubs. Blue facepaint will be available (until it runs out).

  • Mon 7th Dec: Talk on Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV) for Europe: Economics, Technical and Social Issues

17:00-18:00, LR4, Engineering Department, Baker Building. Trumpington Street Professor David Faiman is director of the National Solar Energy Center in Israel. He will talk about the projected magnitude of Europe's electricity requirements and the size of a Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) network, located in the Sahara , necessary for meeting these needs. The costs involved that may reasonably be expected and sources of financing will be discussed. Brief attention will be given to technical issues, which are less complicated than might seem to be the case. By far the biggest problem is a multi-faceted social issue that will not be easy to overcome. This talk is part of the ELCF - Engineering for a Low Carbon Future seminar series.

  • Sun 17th Jan: Trumpington Allotment Society Seedy Sunday event

Trumpington Village Hall, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9HZ. Entry fee: Adults £1, children free. Everyone welcome! It's OK if you don't have any seed to donate - just bring yourself! There's always plenty to go round.

  • Community Recycling Champions

Cambridge City Council are seeking volunteers to spread the word about how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Community Recycling Champions will be engaged in various activities that will encourage more recycling and less waste within their community. Volunteers will only be asked to take part in activities with which they are comfortable, this may include talking to friends and neighbours, distributing leaflets or running a stand at local events. Training and support material will be provided, with regular updates and networking events. No minimum time commitments are required. For more information please contact Mark Buckton

  • Gardening volunteering opportunity

Student Community Action (SCA) are desperate for volunteers to help people with limited mobility with some gardening tasks. If you are interested in this project please send an e-mail to: the SCA The SCA website is

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